John­son has no re­grets about pub­lic na­ture of trade talks

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Magic John­son has no re­grets about the pub­lic na­ture of his con­ver­sa­tions with New Or­leans Pel­i­cans gen­eral man­ager Dell Demps dur­ing the past two weeks, as the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers tried to trade for Anthony Davis. John­son be­lieves his play­ers are pro­fes­sional enough to han­dle hear­ing their names in trade ru­mors.

“Quit mak­ing this about think­ing these guys are ba­bies, be­cause that’s what you’re treat­ing them like,” said John­son, the Lak­ers’ pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions. “They’re pro­fes­sion­als. All of them. This is how this league works. They know it, I know it. That’s how it goes. So we gotta move for­ward, and we are mov­ing for­ward. They played out­stand­ing against Bos­ton, give them credit. We need to play well and move on.”

John­son was asked if he thought the ne­go­ti­a­tion with New Or­leans was a good faith ne­go­ti­a­tion.

“No,” John­son said. “We knew that ba­si­cally at the end of the day what hap­pened hap­pened. And we knew that when we first started. In terms of what hap­pened. But hey, it is what it is.”

The Lak­ers reached out to the Pel­i­cans af­ter Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told re­porters on Jan. 28 that his client had re­quested a trade. John­son spoke with Demps the next day, and sent a series of of­fers to the Pel­i­cans on Jan. 30.

While they spoke sev­eral times for the next week, Demps never told John­son what he wanted in re­turn.

Around the rims

• Rookie sen­sa­tion Luka Don­cic is gain­ing the rep­u­ta­tion as one of the league’s best clutch per­form­ers and he did it again Sun­day with 28 points, five com­ing in the de­ci­sive fi­nal 2:27 to give Dal­las a 102-101 come­back win against vis­it­ing Port­land. Don­cic scored 13 points in the fourth quar­ter, a stanza in which Dal­las trailed 96-81 with 10:43 to go in the game. Port­land built that lead on Damian Lil­lard’s in­cred­i­ble 21-point third quar­ter, all of which came in the fi­nal 5:19 of the quar­ter af­ter Dal­las came back from a 10-point half­time deficit to tie the game at 67.

• Joel Em­biid scored 37 points and grabbed 14 re­bounds to lead host Philadel­phia to a 143-120 vic­tory against the Lak­ers. It was the 23rd game for Em­biid this sea­son with at least 30 points and 10 re­bounds, the most such games by any Philadel­phia player since Charles Barkley had 27 in 1987-88.

• Rookie Marvin Ba­gley III scored a ca­reer-high 32 points as host Sacra­mento coasted to a 117-104 vic­tory over reel­ing Phoenix. Ba­gley shot 10 of 15 from the field and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line to eclipse his pre­vi­ous high of 24 points.

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